Last night I had the great pleasure of entering the Grand Chapiteau to watch Cirque du Soleil’s newest touring event, TOTEM. This spectacular troupe of creative athletes have been blowing audiences away with mesmerising circus work for about 30 years now. This is my 4th visit to the big top, and they are only getting better with age.
Every Cirque show includes a dazzling array of acrobatics, clowning and visual effects. But this is truly no ordinary circus. Every Cirque du Soleil show is based on a theme, which it stretches and bends like the limbs of the performers themselves. TOTEM is the story of ‘man’, from our ape-like ancestors to modern day mobile-phone toting homo sapiens. In a little over 2 hours, you’ll witness tribal storytelling, world music, Darwinian anthropologists and beach bogans – all as interpreted by some of the world’s most impressive physical performers.
I always find it extremely difficult to explain a Cirque du Soleil show to someone who hasn’t seen them perform. ‘Clowns’, ‘jugglers’, ‘acrobats’, ‘plate spinners’– they’re all such inadequate words! There’s plate spinning, and then there’s riding a unicycle while you flip plates from your foot onto the head of another moving unicyclist. There’s juggling, and then there’s juggling illuminated balls that rebound off the walls of the huge conical flask you’re standing in, dressed as a mad scientist. You basically have to take what you THINK you know about circus and flip it on its head – literally. These are that rare brand of performances that make the most hardened and cynical theatre goer say ‘Wow!’.
Here’s a sneak peak!
Cirque du Soleil have several shows touring all around the world all time, and they’re always of the same high standard. Brisbane folks have until the end of May to catch TOTEM before it moves on to Adelaide – but tickets are selling fast.
If you’re planning to take the family, I’d suggest letting young kids check out the preview first. It’s absolutely a family show, but it can be a little loud and overwhelming. It’s also around 2 hours long (with an interval) and there’s not much space for squirmy kids to jump up and down. There is onsite parking, but the traffic to get in and out of the venue was heavy on our visit, so allow a little extra time. With these things in mind, though, a trip to Cirque du Soleil will be an unforgettable experience for kids and adults alike!
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I was gifted complimentary tickets to see TOTEM, but all opinions are my own.